02/23/15 By Jeff Tamarkin
Wayne Shorter concert and documentary
02/20/15 By Matt R. Lohr
A unique fusion of jazz and documentary theater
10/23/14 By Ted Panken
His life, music and philosophies
02/09/13 By Evan Haga
In case you slept through 2010, let’s recap: Pat Metheny’s Orchestrion was a one-band-man project for the ages, wherein the guitarist fronted a large ensemble’s worth of instruments played using an elaborate system of robotics. It was the sort of mad scientist’s...
02/06/13 By Jeff Tamarkin
Although he outlasted most of his big band-era contemporaries, working steadily for more than 50 years and never resorting to nostalgia, Woody Herman is rarely considered iconic today. Perhaps that’s because—as some of the clarinetist, saxophonist and singer’s...
02/02/13 By Bill Meredith
Japanese pianist Hiromi left fans perplexed when she disbanded her trio with fellow Berklee alumni Tony Grey (bass) and Martin Valihora (drums) after several standout releases. Yet that trio, often augmented by guitarist David Fiuczynski, built its incredible...
11/27/11 By Jeff Tamarkin
Coltrane, Blakey, Hubbard, Monk, Kirk and Griffin in sizzling historic performances
May 2009 By Jeff Tamarkin
By 1968 the big bands were supposedly dead, but someone forgot to tell that to Count Basie, whose orchestra, still going strong, hadn’t altered much of anything since its heyday. Although most of the key members of the classic lineups had either passed on...